More often than not I am on the hunt for new ideas and approaches that signal to those who may be looking my way that I am prepared. There are times that you know who is looking and there are times that you don't have a clue until you are called upon. That recently happened to me and I am thrilled with the opportunity. (More on this to be addressed in a later issue)
When successful it is easy to fall into complacency about the need for preparation in my opinion. However, I was raised to let go of anything that would return me to a lower level of success and achievement.
Consequently, I am motivated to keep pursuing and exploring based on the words of wisdom of many such as John Wooden, famed basketball coach, who stressed "When opportunity comes, it's too late to prepare."
I also embrace the energizing and empowering guidance on preparation that I have borrowed from General Electric's international leader Jack Welch
"stretch is to reach for more than you think is possible. Don't sell yourself short by thinking that you'll fail." Welch also believed that new ideas are the lifeblood of business..."The operative assumption today is that someone, somewhere, has a better idea; and the operative compulsion is to find out who has that better idea, learn it, and put it into action..."
Preparation like education is a continuous journey and it is the key that unlocks the door to a vista of opportunities. See below for some additional steps that I take to keep moving the preparation needle:
Help others to succeed as it is instructive about your own capability
Polish your image whenever possible as your physical appearance represents only one of the elements. Another for example is how and what you communicate - verbal, in writing and body language
Indulge in learning more even when you are confident that your knowledge about any subject exceeds the norm
Hang on to persistence as it takes time for opportunities to emerge
Stay focused on healthy living
as the absence of a reasonable diet, sleep and exercise wrecks your capacity to act
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